I’m always soliciting people for their own Top 10 Covers list. Part of my “sales pitch” is telling them how much fun it is! No joke, putting these Top 10 lists together is a blast! This week’s especially so. Bernie Wrightson has been my favorite artist since I first laid eyes on his work. Looking through the many, many comic covers he’s done over the years was pure joy. Let’s get to it. VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE
The 80′s were the decade of the mini-series. There were so many! Good ones…the four issue Claremont and Frank Miller Wolverine, The Punisher by Mike Zeck, The Dark Knight, Watchmen…and of course there were those that didn’t quite live up to expectations…Ice Man, Hercules, Hawk & Dove, Cloak & Dagger…and then there is The Weird. It featured two of the biggest names in comics, Jim Starlin and Bernie Wrightson. It had the Justice League – Batman! Superman! …and I’m guessing you’ve never heard of it. This series is such a gem. VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE
I recently came across a discussion on LinkedIn titled, “I have no choice as to whether or not I should create. It is essential to my being. The difference between Fine Art and commercial art is whether or not the artists has put their soul into a piece.”
Very thought provoking, pithy and powerful. What struck me first (other than the singular/plural typo and the pretentious capitalization) is the degree to which I agreed with the first two sentences and disagreed with the third. I’ve read many an interview, article and column from both writers and artists describing their/our innate need to do what they/we do. An artist has to draw. A writer has to write. (Or to paraphrase Peter David’s double negative, “A writer can’t not write.” Meaning it’s more difficult to refrain from writing than to just write.) I get that.